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A User’s Guide to Working With Fundraising Volunteers

I was once referred to by a volunteer as “The Velvet Hammer” in reference to the fundraising visits we had done together while I worked for United Way. We laughed pretty hard at that choice description and there was no … Continue reading

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3 Games to Teach Your Board About Fundraising

Read this if: • Your board, staff or volunteers don’t like, understand or believe in fundraising. • They get it, but they’re a bit afraid or maybe even nauseated by it. • They get it, but don’t think anyone else … Continue reading

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Stewarding Donors with Your Programs Staff

Involving non-fundraising staff in donor stewardship is peachy. So let’s think about who to take on that next donor visit and how to make them successful! In the past, I was guilty of defaulting to the chiefs. I’d automatically bring along a board … Continue reading

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Bullsh*t Bingo – Part 6

Another list of words and phrases to AVOID in your grants, proposals and donor communications. You’re very welcome!   Narrative: As in, “we need a new narrative for our mission.” Bleck! Don’t yuck-up a concept as simple as representing what … Continue reading

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Donor Stewardship through Involvement

You have probably heard the term “ladder of engagement” before. It is a very sophisticated way to steward major donors. I often experience thinking in the real world that runs against the idea of getting a donor more involved. Some … Continue reading

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How to Find New Donor Prospects with LinkedIn

Yes, I’m on a bit of a tear for using social media to fluff up your fundraising efforts…and I can barely figure out my i-phone! All I’m saying is, this stuff is not nuclear physics. Trust me and give it … Continue reading

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Non-profit Sector Q&A with CiTR’s Ethan Clow

There are just two things in this world I love: listening to CiTR radio and talking about fundraising. So when the two objects of my affection came together through a podcast with Ethan Clow of “The Sector” I felt like I had … Continue reading

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How to Use Social Media for Donor Stewardship

This post is going to butter your toast with easy ways to add to your stewardship activities using social media. Yes all you Gen Xers and Boomers, even if you’re Just Not That Into Social Media, there is something for you in the … Continue reading

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How to Increase Your Odds for a Successful Grant

Have you heard that grant-writing is just a numbers game? Does your organization adopt the Spray and Pray approach – sending out a million generic proposals a week and hoping the money will pour in? Here’s a better approach to … Continue reading

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Bullsh*t Bingo (part 5)

It’s back. A running tally of words and phrases that are, quite simply, bullsh*t. If you read last month’s post, Getting Over Overhead, you will recognize today’s theme of the icky double-standard between what’s okay in the private sector versus the non-profit … Continue reading

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